Synonyms of light in English

: light1light2

light1


See definition of light

noun

1‘the houses had only the shadowy light of candles and oil lamps’

SYNONYMS

illumination, brightness, luminescence, luminosity, shining, gleaming, gleam, brilliance, radiance, lustre, glowing, glow, blaze, glare, dazzle

incandescence, phosphorescence

sunlight, moonlight, starlight, lamplight, firelight, electric light, gaslight

ray of light, shaft of light, beam of light

rare effulgence, refulgence, lambency, fulguration

ANTONYMS

darkness

2‘there was a light on in the hall’

SYNONYMS

lamp, torch, flashlight

headlight, headlamp, sidelight

standard lamp, wall light

street light, floodlight

lantern, candle, taper, beacon

3‘have you got a light?’

SYNONYMS

match, flame, spark, source of fire

4‘don't worry, we'll be driving in the light and we won't have to go fast’

SYNONYMS

daylight, light of day, natural light, sunlight

daylight hours, daytime, day, hours of sunlight

ANTONYMS

darkness, night-time

5‘he saw the problem in a different light’

SYNONYMS

aspect, angle, slant, approach, interpretation, viewpoint, standpoint, context, point of view, vantage point

appearance, guise, hue, complexion

6‘light dawned on Loretta, and she launched herself into her part’

SYNONYMS

understanding, enlightenment, illumination, comprehension, insight, awareness, knowledge, elucidation, explanation, clarification, edification

ANTONYMS

ignorance

7‘an eminent legal light’

SYNONYMS

expert, authority, master, leader, guru

leading light, guiding light, luminary, celebrity, dignitary, public figure, worthy, VIP, big name, star

informal bigwig, big gun, big shot, big noise, celeb

8‘he served his party loyally according to his lights’

SYNONYMS

talent, skill, ability

intelligence, mental powers, intellect, knowledge, understanding


verb

1‘Alan gathered sticks and lit a fire’

SYNONYMS

set alight, set light to, set burning, set on fire, set fire to, put a match to, set a match to, ignite, kindle, burn, fire, touch off, start, torch

archaic enkindle

ANTONYMS

extinguish, put out


adjective

1‘a cool and light breakfast room adjoins the bar’

SYNONYMS

bright, full of light, well lit, well lighted, well illuminated, sunny, sunshiny, undimmed, brilliant

ANTONYMS

dark, gloomy

2‘a subtle colour scheme of light pastel shades’

SYNONYMS

light-coloured, light-toned, pale, pale-coloured, pastel, pastel-coloured

whitish, faded, faint, weak, bleached

ANTONYMS

dark

3‘a young woman with light hair’

SYNONYMS

fair, light-coloured, blonde, golden, flaxen, yellow

ANTONYMS

dark, brunette


Synonyms of light in English

: light1light2

light2


See definition of light

adjective

1‘it's light, portable, and you can use it anywhere’

SYNONYMS

easy to lift, not heavy, weighing very little, lightweight

easy to carry, portable, transportable, weightless, insubstantial, airy

ANTONYMS

heavy

2‘a light cotton robe’

SYNONYMS

flimsy, lightweight, insubstantial, thin

delicate, floaty, gauzy, sheer, gossamer, diaphanous, transparent, translucent, see-through

ANTONYMS

heavy, thick

3‘she seemed as light on her feet as a dancer’

SYNONYMS

nimble, deft, agile, lithe, limber, lissom, flexible, supple, adroit, graceful, acrobatic, lively, active, quick, quick-moving, spry, sprightly

light-footed, fleet-footed

informal twinkle-toed, nippy

literary fleet, lightsome

ANTONYMS

clumsy

4‘cotton lavender needs a dry sunny situation in light soil’

SYNONYMS

friable, sandy, easily dug, workable

crumbly, not dense, loose, porous

ANTONYMS

dense

5‘a light dinner’

SYNONYMS

small, modest, scanty, simple, skimpy, frugal, not heavy, not rich, not large

easily digested, digestible

ANTONYMS

heavy, rich

6‘I was put on light duties’

SYNONYMS

easy, simple, undemanding, untaxing, unexacting, not burdensome, moderate, endurable, bearable, tolerable

informal cushy

ANTONYMS

hard, burdensome

7‘his eyes gleamed with light mockery’

SYNONYMS

gentle, mild, moderate, slight

playful, light-hearted, easy-going

witty, dry

ANTONYMS

serious

8‘light entertainment’

SYNONYMS

entertaining, lightweight, diverting, recreative, undemanding, easily understood, middle-of-the-road

amusing, humorous, funny, chucklesome, witty, light-hearted

frivolous, unserious, superficial, trivial, trifling

ANTONYMS

serious, deep

9‘I pitched into the chores with a light heart’

SYNONYMS

carefree, light-hearted, cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, jolly, blithe, bright, sunny, untroubled

buoyant, vivacious, bubbly, jaunty, bouncy, breezy, optimistic, positive, upbeat, ebullient, easy-going, free and easy, happy-go-lucky

dated gay

10‘this is no light matter’

SYNONYMS

unimportant, insignificant, trivial, trifling, petty, worthless, inconsequential, inconsiderable, superficial

ANTONYMS

serious, important

11‘he heard light footsteps’

SYNONYMS

gentle, delicate, soft, dainty, graceful

faint, indistinct

ANTONYMS

heavy

12‘her heart was pounding and her head felt light’

SYNONYMS

dizzy, giddy, light-headed, faint, unsteady

informal woozy, funny

dated queer

rare vertiginous


Phrases

    bring something to light

      ‘a serious case of corruption within government was first brought to light by an internal audit’

      SYNONYMS

      reveal, disclose, expose, uncover, show up, lay bare, unveil, manifest, unearth, dig up, dig out, turn up, bring to notice, detect, identify, dredge up, smoke out, root out, ferret out, hunt out, nose out

      ANTONYMS

      hush up, keep secret

    come to light

      ‘the thefts came to light early last year’

      SYNONYMS

      be discovered, be uncovered, be unearthed, appear, come out, transpire, become known, become apparent, materialize, emerge, crop up, turn up, show up, pop up

      ANTONYMS

      remain secret, remain hidden

    in the light of

      ‘I see no reason, in the light of these reports, to abandon our current policy’

      SYNONYMS

      taking into consideration, considering, taking into account, bearing in mind, keeping in mind, mindful of, taking note of, in view of

    see the light

      ‘he believed that if he could talk to his opponents, he could make them see the light’

      SYNONYMS

      understand, realize

      informal

      cotton on, catch on, get the message, get the picture, have an aha moment

      British informal

      twig

      ‘even the Vatican has seen the light and is using the technology to manage its library’

      SYNONYMS

      understand, comprehend, realize, find out, see daylight, work out what's going on, get the point

      informal

      cotton on, catch on, tumble, latch on, get the picture, get the message, get the drift, get it, get wise, see what's what, savvy

      British informal

      twig

    throw/cast/shed light on

      ‘no one could shed any light on the mysterious car accident’

      SYNONYMS

      explain, elucidate, clarify, clear up, give an explanation for, give an explanation of, offer an explanation for, offer an explanation of, make clear, make plain, interpret, comment on

    light up

      ‘the dashboard lit up’

      SYNONYMS

      become bright, brighten, become brighter, lighten, flash, shine, gleam, flare, blaze, glint, sparkle, flicker, shimmer, glisten, scintillate, glare, beam

      rare

      coruscate, fulgurate

      light
    light something up

      1‘a flare lit up the night sky’

      SYNONYMS

      make bright, brighten, illuminate, make brighter, lighten, cast light on, shed light on, throw light on, shine on, irradiate, flood with light, floodlight

      literary

      illumine

      light

      2‘her enthusiasm lit up her face’

      SYNONYMS

      animate, irradiate, brighten, make cheerful, cheer up, enliven

    make light of something

      ‘I don't want to make light of a serious issue’

      SYNONYMS

      play down, downplay, understate, underrate, rate too low, not do justice to, do an injustice to, underplay, de-emphasize, underemphasize, trivialize, minimize, diminish, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, shrug off

      informal

      soft-pedal, sell short

      rare

      misprize, minify